Sex Education in Ontario: A Human Rights Challenge?

JFCY and HALCO will be hosting an information session on August 29 at 5:30pm at The 519, where people (especially youth!) can learn more about opportunities to participate in a legal challenge. Please contact Athena Caldarola at 416.920.1633 x8221 or caldara@lao.on.ca for more info and/or to register. Download this blog post in PDF format: Sex Ed…

Student Summer Employment

David Macauley, Harvard Law School, JFCY summer student — As summer approaches and many students prepare for summer employment, it is a good time to share a few reminders about student employment rights in Ontario and recent changes to the minimum wage. Minimum wage: The minimum wage was increased this year, but the minimum wage…

Starting Jan 1, 2018: 16 & 17 year olds can enter into a “Voluntary Youth Service Agreement” with CAS for protection services

A young person who is under the age of 18 can contact a Children’s Aid Society (CAS) if they are at risk of harm or facing harm. Harm can be physical, emotional, sexual harm, or neglect. It is new that 16 and 17 year olds who are not already getting help from CAS can now…

JFCY Intervention – Toronto Star v AG of Ontario

JFCY was granted intervention status in a case regarding media access to documents filed in Administrative and Quasi-Judicial Tribunal proceedings. In granting leave to intervene, JFCY’s vast experience and expertise was recognized by the Superior Court of Ontario – See paragraphs 21 and 22 of the decision: Toronto Star v AGO 2017 Dec 18  

Media Release – UN Review Should Urge Canada To Reform Immigration Detention System

MEDIA RELEASE EMBARGOED UNTIL 6:0o AM EST October 5, 2017 UN Review Should Urge Canada To Reform Immigration Detention System Joint Submission to UN by HR Groups Says Treatment of Children and Persons with Mental Health Conditions Violates International Obligations Toronto, October 5, 2017 — A United Nations review of Canada’s human rights record should…

Workshop for Students and Lawyers: How to make concepts of Social Justice Visible – workshop at JFCY on June 21st

What do you think of when someone says “social justice”? How does social justice connect to work in the justice system? What might be some ways that we can use to   figure this stuff out? Using drawings, cartoons, comics and other visual and collaborative methods, this workshop will help us think through some of our…

CCRC’s 2017 Federal Budget Analysis

To Build a “Strong, Fair Canada Built for Change” We Need Strong, Fair Childhoods Built for Change Canada aspires to be an innovation nation, a focus of the commercial and social investments in Federal Budget 2017. It’s a vision to create better livelihoods and an economy that thrives in a rapidly changing world. To get…

My Time at JFCY by Ben Mitchell, summer law student

Everyone chooses to become a lawyer for different reasons, and the law is boundless in both its flexibility and practicality. En tant qu’étudiant en droit, on peut facilement se perdre dans des notions abstraites et théoriques, qu’on s’imagine représentent fidèlement le monde à l’extérieur de la faculté. C’est seulement quand on sort de la salle…